Virginia Commonwealth University and Evolution Labs to Debut Mobile App- and Web-Based Student-Athlete Success Program

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Digital platform to become a mandatory component for all student-athletes, aiding them on and off the field.

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SA360 meets students where the students are - online and on their mobile devices - allowing them to connect and engage with content when and where it suits them, and ensuring that students are absorbing the material and reaching desired learning outcomes.

Evolution Labs announced today that Virginia Commonwealth University will debut the company’s SA360 platform to all incoming student-athletes and upperclassmen. SA360 is a holistic program to help improve student-athletes’ chances of personal, academic and athletic success. With curated, engaging content in areas such as health and wellness, academic and study skills, leadership and career development, the program will help students both on and off the field while enabling coaches and staff to track key learning outcomes.

“SA360 fits perfectly into our VCU Athletics core value of student-athlete focus as we equip student-athletes with the skills, structure, knowledge and integrity to help them succeed at VCU and after graduation,” said Ed McLaughlin, Associate Vice President & Director of Athletics at VCU. “We wanted to create a platform that can help us educate our student-athletes while fitting into their rigorous schedules. The SA360 platform provides an invaluable tool and resource to assist student-athletes in meeting the many demands of their daily lives, even when they’re on the go and connected with only their mobile devices.”

SA360 covers important success topics, including mental health, fitness and nutrition, study and test-taking skills, drug and alcohol use, sexual assault, NCAA compliance and career preparedness. It employs pulse surveys, social media, interactive self-tests and digital video to keep students returning for weekly updates. The university plans to pilot the program this spring and roll it out to all student-athletes ahead of the 2016-17 academic year.

“VCU recognizes the importance of teaching student-athletes key life-skills in a highly engaging manner,” said Peter Kraft, Co-founder at Evolution Labs. “SA360 meets students where the students are - online and on their mobile devices - allowing them to connect and engage with content when and where it suits them, and ensuring that students are absorbing the material and reaching desired learning outcomes.”

About VCU and VCU Health
Virginia Commonwealth University is a major, urban public research university with national and international rankings in sponsored research. Located in downtown Richmond, VCU enrolls more than 31,000 students in 225 degree and certificate programs in the arts, sciences and humanities. Seventy-nine of the programs are unique in Virginia, many of them crossing the disciplines of VCU’s 13 schools and one college. The only academic medical center and Level I trauma center in the region, VCU Health comprises five health sciences schools (Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy), VCU Medical Center, Community Memorial Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, VCU Massey Cancer Center and Virginia Premier. VCU also boasts 17 Division I athletics programs which have continually competed for conference and national championships. A member of the Atlantic 10 Conference, VCU is perhaps best known for its men's basketball program's 2011 Final Four appearance, as well as its men's tennis program's national runner-up finish in 2000. For more, please visit http://www.vcu.edu and vcuhealth.org.

About Evolution Labs Evolution Labs is changing the way students engage with schools and the way schools engage students. Its proprietary software platform helps schools recruit, enroll and retain students and their parents (driving inquiries, apps, yield and retention). The company’s S360 engagement platform provides institutions with technology and a highly immersive content experience to better connect with students while driving more successful educational outcomes.

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